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For the kitchen of a new home in leafy West Vancouver, designer Kelly Deck chose a farmhouse theme with a modern, masculine edge.

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The character of this kitchen is more utilitarian than sleek and European. The team felt that a large professional-style cooking range/oven would better enhance this feeling than wall ovens.

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A less formal, more relaxed and more masculine feel was achieved by moving away from the popular “transitional” style of white shaker doors, marble countertops, dark wood islands, and schoolhouse lights. Instead, the designer chose white oak cabinet doors with a bead-board detail on the face and recessed steel hardware.

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A steel trough four-inches deep is incorporated between the counter’s two zones. The trough allows for the easy storage of fresh herbs for cooking as well as cutlery, oil and vinegar, salt and pepper to service the table area.

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Using ceramic tile is more affordable than wrapping the countertop up the wall to meet the cabinets, but here we felt it would undercut the restrained feel of the room. Using the slab kept our list of finishes short, too: a goal at the outset.

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Because the kitchen opens onto the family room it was important that it look like finely built furniture, not kitchen cabinets with appliances plunked in. We integrated the refrigerator into the millwork by cladding the door in white oak. We located it to the left of the wet bar and designed a pantry cabinet of equal proportions to bookend the wet-bar.

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The island – five-feet wide and 11-feet long – is the centrepiece of the kitchen, running its full depth.

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The hidden pantry is easily accessible.

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